Peace Passion: April 2003 Archive

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Pathetic!
Excerpt: David Ehrens sends along this link with that one word comment. So we lied - so who cares....
Posted on April 29, 2003 06:41 PM Comments: 0
A host of links and comments from Don
Excerpt: Mr friend Don Douglas is on a tear finding excellent material and I'm lagging behind, wrapped up in other topics for the moment, including trying to find a fresh local direction for my own peace efforts. More about that another...
Posted on April 29, 2003 04:34 AM Comments: 0
Oh right, that makes sense!
Excerpt: Don writes: This is Richard Cohen's piece in Thursday's WPost on the Rick Santorum interview. It's a hoot. (I second the motion.) Speaking of the GOP and its conservative theologians Cohen says: "These are the people who cannot decide which...
Posted on April 25, 2003 09:31 AM Comments: 0
Is this a kindergarten, or an administration?
Excerpt: The administration wants to make sure France pays for opposing it. This attitude of getting revenge is bad enough, but when it's combined with total ignorance it makes as much sense as the renaming of French fries. Even Colin Powell,...
Posted on April 24, 2003 05:01 AM Comments: 0
A great conference missed by most
Excerpt: (OK, I'm way behind. My hard drive crashed big time, so now I am experiencing the deep joy of re-starting computer life with a clean slate ;-) The conference last weekend put on by the Southeastern Massachusetts Committee for Peace...
Posted on April 23, 2003 09:35 AM Comments: 0
Photos, Powell and some history worth remembering
Excerpt: Three good links, with comments, courtesy of Don Douglas: This is an interesting piece by the Globe Ombudsman on some of the war photos published by the Globe. While William Raspberry revisits Colin Powell's February presentation to the Security Council,...
Posted on April 22, 2003 09:19 AM Comments: 0
Onward Christian soldiers and anti-evolutionists!
Excerpt: Doonesbury's Easter Sunday strip is about Bush, religion, pre-emptive war. and evolution - primarily evolution. So I went looking for something that would show me Bush is, like other fundamentalist, against evolution. I haven't found it yet. If anyone does,...
Posted on April 20, 2003 08:03 PM Comments: 0
Important, especially around tax time
Excerpt: Q: Mr. President, can you prove that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction? A: Yes; we kept the receipts. (I stole this from James' blog! Thanks James ;-) )...
Posted on April 19, 2003 06:13 AM Comments: 0
Fundamentalism - it's not just the Taliban!
Excerpt: James Heflin is a "Southern Baptist" from Massachusetts. His take on how the fundamentalist captured first his faith, then the presidency, is down right informative - and scary. As Don says: "I doubt that there's anything new here, but the...
Posted on April 19, 2003 05:52 AM Comments: 0
Healing the world and America
Excerpt: Howard Dean has some nice words here. It's too early to know where all this will go and certainly too early from my perspective to pick a candidate. But I wish more of them would face Bush head on...
Posted on April 18, 2003 11:16 PM Comments: 0
One Baseball, by Republicans, for Republicans, about Republicans?
Excerpt: OK, this is absurd. If you haven't been following the Baseball Hall of Fame vs Tim Robbins controversy, then you can get a good nutshell summary of it in the two key letters published in The Nation. It's another "support...
Posted on April 18, 2003 11:16 AM Comments: 0
Editing the hell out of war
Excerpt: Ellen Goodman sums up this whole Jordan flap thing beautifully this way: Had CNN made a deal with the devil in order to keep a bureau in hell? Had Jordan done it to protect lives or business? Did the stories...
Posted on April 17, 2003 03:30 PM Comments: 0
Talk about being in good company!
Excerpt: I learned today from this letter to the Editor of the Standard-Times that the motto of the SS was: "Gott mit uns" (God is with us) Isn't it comforting to know our president follows in the goosesteps of such...
Posted on April 17, 2003 11:37 AM Comments: 0
Pride and the next fall
Excerpt: Why do I get the feeling that we're rushing across a high plain without noticing there's a cliff dead ahead? Why do I think lemmings are self-destructive? Why do I think there's a relationship between those two sentences? Read...
Posted on April 17, 2003 07:11 AM Comments: 0
Civlization burning
Excerpt: Peter McDonald writes: This report from Robert Fisk in Baghdad is outrageous. To follow up, tonight on WGBHs "Greater Boston," Emily Rooney interviewed an archaeologist from BU, who said that the US military had, long before the war, consulted...
Posted on April 17, 2003 07:10 AM Comments: 0
Fiction gets real - the news gets fictional
Excerpt: Don Douglas writes: This takes you to the transcript of Tim Robbins' address to the National Press Club yesterday. It is impressive in its depiction of where we, as a nation, now seem to be and it lays down...
Posted on April 17, 2003 04:24 AM Comments: 0
Enough to make you . . .
Excerpt: wince! At least that was the reaction Ambassador Freeman had when he saw this photo in today's New York Times. He told the audience at Roger Williams College that in the middle East people are very conscious of both...
Posted on April 16, 2003 05:41 PM Comments: 0
Putting our world into perspective
Excerpt: Author anonymous Dom forwarded this to me, saying I had probably seen it. If I have I don't recall. And if you have, perhaps it's worth reading again - say once a day. If we could shrink the earth's...
Posted on April 16, 2003 06:13 AM Comments: 0
No apologies - there's more to do
Excerpt: Don writes: William Raspberry has a useful perspective on why those who opposed war in Iraq should not feel that they must change their stance, much less apologize. (Helpful to those of us who are not Quakers or COs)...
Posted on April 15, 2003 11:05 PM Comments: 0
First we liberate you,then we save you - oh boy!
Excerpt: Wondering why the Southern Baptist were about the only major church group to support this war? Wonder no more....
Posted on April 14, 2003 09:24 PM Comments: 0
Former Ambassador to share Middle East views
Excerpt: The East Bay Peace Alliance, which has been holding vigils in Bristol, Warren, and Barrington Rhode Island, helped arrange for the following talk this Wednesday. "A View on the War in Iraq and Middle East Policy," with Chas W....
Posted on April 14, 2003 07:39 PM Comments: 0
Peace conference this weekend at Bridgewater
Excerpt: There will be a peace conference/workshop this Saturday at Bridgewater State College sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Committee for Peace. Where: Moakley Auditorium, Bridgewater State College When: Saturday April 19th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Details are available on...
Posted on April 14, 2003 07:31 PM Comments: 0
Deceived into war with Cuba? Some frightening "history"
Excerpt: Or is it? The truth seems more elusive than ever. Yesterday someone brought to my attention a story about how the Pentagon allegedly wanted to commit various terrorist acts back in the early 1960s to spur the US into...
Posted on April 14, 2003 11:58 AM Comments: 0
Whatever you do, don't speak out . . .
Excerpt: . . .in the land of free speech because if you do, you might lose your job. Thus was the case with the producer of a new miniseries on Hitler. He dared to say that there were some similarties...
Posted on April 14, 2003 07:19 AM Comments: 0
And now the payoff...
Excerpt: Who profits big time from this war? Can you say Haliburton? Can you say Dick Cheney? The New York Times can and does in their lead editorial today. For a livelier treatment of the same subject from a British...
Posted on April 14, 2003 07:04 AM Comments: 0
Quick, let's blame the victims!
Excerpt: A letter writer to the UMass Dartmouth Forum suggests that the Iraqi people don't know the value of their culture, or a lot of them don't care, and that is why they looted their own museum. Ignoring the obvious...
Posted on April 13, 2003 03:13 PM Comments: 0
Killing yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Excerpt: Boy, when you put Rumsfeld's exact words ( which I had the misfortune of seeing live) together with what really was being looted in Iraq, this man's arrogance is unbearable. The "vase" he was so hot about because the...
Posted on April 13, 2003 08:04 AM Comments: 0
God's war revisited Whether or
Excerpt: God's war revisited Whether or not you read about "God's war in Iraq" the other day, be sure not to miss the reply. The author, Dwight Thomas, is at his sarcastic best and while I hate to see people clobbered...
Posted on April 12, 2003 08:50 AM Comments: 0
Killing peace in Palestine/Israel
Excerpt: Killing peace in Palestine/Israel I know peace activist can be pesky to warriors and I know acidents happen in the "fog of war," but in this report it looks like the only thing foggy are the morals and intentions...
Posted on April 12, 2003 06:57 AM Comments: 0
Why war? You may be
Excerpt: Why war? You may be surprised! I was. This piece forwarded by Don Douglas outlines a sophisticated theory of war and makes the author's book desirable. Here's a sample paragraph with a key idea, but I urge you to read...
Posted on April 12, 2003 04:02 AM Comments: 0
When the going gets tough,
Excerpt: When the going gets tough, the tough get . . . . . . going to something else. As Bush said to Condoleesa Rice, halfway through Afghanistan conquest, "What's next?" Now Afghanistan is in the same shambles it was before...
Posted on April 12, 2003 03:40 AM Comments: 0
Fear, politics, the media and
Excerpt: Fear, politics, the media and you Don writes: This is an interview with a sociology professor at USC exploring the question of why there is so much fear in America and why that fear is misdirected. Hint: using the media...
Posted on April 11, 2003 07:32 AM Comments: 0
War, religion, and God's plan
Excerpt: War, religion, and God's plan A piece I wrote about two books - one on the evils of war and one on how religions become evil - ran in the New Bedford Standard-Times yesterday, right next to a piece about...
Posted on April 11, 2003 07:10 AM Comments: 0
Pray for the dead? We
Excerpt: Pray for the dead? We can't even count them! That civilian body count you see in the upper left of this page is sadly conservative - it's just confirmed civilian deaths. There are undoubtedly many more. What's more, as this...
Posted on April 10, 2003 05:12 AM Comments: 0
God bless us one
Excerpt: God bless us one and all - well, not all, really. Don writes: "This essay by Derrick Jackson of the Globe is my candidate for recognition as the peace meditation of the day." Amen. Nothing irritates me more about...
Posted on April 10, 2003 04:54 AM Comments: 0
Dark humor - but boy,
Excerpt: Dark humor - but boy, we need to laugh some how Dom writes: The eight Saddam body doubles are gathered in one of the bunkers in downtown Baghdad. Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister, comes in and says, "I have...
Posted on April 10, 2003 04:48 AM Comments: 0
Fascism lite and tv control
Excerpt: Fascism lite and tv control of news I like this analysis, forwarded by Don. It has a lot of good concepts and facts. I particularly liked this summary paragraph: Today we're again getting a whiff of fascism from the Bush...
Posted on April 9, 2003 04:37 PM Comments: 0
Operation eternal war - slouching
Excerpt: Operation eternal war - slouching towards Bethlehem It is the best of times, it is the worst of times - Dicken's said it all. There are so many moments when those words comes to mind and now is one. This...
Posted on April 9, 2003 11:52 AM Comments: 0
Al Jazeera in English
Excerpt: Al Jazeera in English For an Arab perspective on the war, try the new, English (well, it's new to me) web site of Al Jazeera. (Thanks Cornelia!)...
Posted on April 8, 2003 03:45 PM Comments: 0
We're pure hell on our
Excerpt: We're pure hell on our friends I mean ask the Brits. Geoffrey Regan, the author of a history of friendly fire deaths, is quite blunt about it: Regan is among those who think American pilots are disproportionately involved. "The problem...
Posted on April 8, 2003 11:12 AM Comments: 0
Something smells fishy, but
Excerpt: Something smells fishy, but is it a WMD - or fertilizer? So where are the weapons of mass destruction? That's what conservative columnist Robert Novak is asking in this piece forwarded by Don. What we have found so far...
Posted on April 8, 2003 10:35 AM Comments: 0
A clear and present danger
Excerpt: A clear and present danger eliminated? Sorry folks, but weird images are popping into my head as I read this story about dropping huge bombs on houses we think might have been occupied at the moment by Saddam Hussein. The...
Posted on April 8, 2003 05:07 AM Comments: 1
For war news junkies If
Excerpt: For war news junkies If you really want to make sure you don't miss something important that is happening in - or about - Iraq, go to this BBC daily summary page. It has neither the entertainment value, nor confusion,...
Posted on April 7, 2003 02:38 PM Comments: 0
Punch vs Pause: Bashing Blitzer
Excerpt: Punch vs Pause: Bashing Blitzer and Bush Time to laugh and cry a little. This is a wonderful article Don Douglas found that hits the nail on the head when it comes to describing what is so irritating about listening...
Posted on April 7, 2003 11:05 AM Comments: 0
Oh here's an idea -
Excerpt: Oh here's an idea - human rights! Actually, I should not be sarcastic. The Times editorial today moves in the right direction, pointing out that many coalition partners - and enemies - violate human rights. And our own record is...
Posted on April 7, 2003 05:36 AM Comments: 0
The whole thing! Assuming the
Excerpt: The whole thing! Assuming the Bloglet subscription service works today as advertised you will get the entire new posts by email, not just the first 30 words or so. Some have requested this. Let me know what you think? Good...
Posted on April 5, 2003 10:30 PM Comments: 0
"Wal-Mart Shoots the Easter Bunny
Excerpt: "Wal-Mart Shoots the Easter Bunny . . ." . . . or something like that. What a crazy world. About 2,000 years ago they crucified this man - the Prince of Peace - and now every year at this time...
Posted on April 5, 2003 10:19 PM Comments: 0
Meanwhile, in the Baghdad Slaughter
Excerpt: Meanwhile, in the Baghdad Slaughter House Today we went into Baghdad. Not to capture the place, mind you, but to show them we could do it. Depending on which military source you listen to 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 Iraqis were...
Posted on April 5, 2003 10:19 PM Comments: 0
Hawk watching So the chickenhawks
Excerpt: Hawk watching So the chickenhawks (if you haven't yet seen the chickenhawk database, don't miss it) this time took on a real hawk and the hawk, decorated for service in Vietnam, has fought back. I'm talking about Sen. Kerry who...
Posted on April 5, 2003 03:50 PM Comments: 0
Being peace . .
Excerpt: Being peace . . . again It's so easy to become caught up in the war, one way or another. It's so easy to lose our bearings. To forget how to be peace, not just preach it. And so...
Posted on April 4, 2003 10:59 PM Comments: 0
And now, the grandest of
Excerpt: And now, the grandest of schemes I'm always suspicious of conspiracy theories because the conspiracies usually require more brains than the alleged conspirators have and more organizational skills than they have demonstrated. But Joshua Marshall makes an interesting case in...
Posted on April 4, 2003 07:46 PM Comments: 0
Iraq's not Vietnam - I
Excerpt: Iraq's not Vietnam - I hope and not Germany or Japan either, as Nick Kristof implies here. He convinces himself - quite convincingly - that Iraq isn't Vietnam. He sees a relatively quick victory. He goes on to point out...
Posted on April 4, 2003 05:55 AM Comments: 0
The fog of rescue
Excerpt: The fog of rescue and of rhetoric With all the attention on Jessica Lynch - and with her actually not only rescued, but back in Germany at a hospital, major news media still couldn't get the story close to...
Posted on April 3, 2003 11:46 PM Comments: 0
The face of the
Excerpt: The face of the enemy Many of the soldiers we are leaving dead in the desert are a pitiful lot, if this NYT story is to be believed - and I do believe it. I believe that many, such...
Posted on April 3, 2003 03:06 PM Comments: 0
Stop the war now -
Excerpt: Stop the war now - it can be done! Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), who leads opposition to the War in Iraq within the House, has issued the following statement on the House floor this week (emphasis is mine): "Stop...
Posted on April 3, 2003 10:49 AM Comments: 0
Saving the world Ends I
Excerpt: Saving the world Ends I have no problem with - it's the means that are at fault. So when i read some of the Bush speeches I find myself saying "yes, yes, yes - oh my God, NO!" Not simply...
Posted on April 3, 2003 08:18 AM Comments: 0
Meandering somewhere East of Eden
Excerpt: Meandering somewhere East of Eden I am continually haunted by the title of Chris Hedges' book: "War is a Force that Gives us Meaning" My first interpretation was the more-or-less obvious one of the war lover - the person who's...
Posted on April 2, 2003 07:56 AM Comments: 0
A glimmer of real
Excerpt: A glimmer of real hope? NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman has taken a unique position throughout these tragic events, half dove, half hawk - half wrong, half right, depending on your preconceptions. Some days I can't decide if he's the...
Posted on April 2, 2003 06:17 AM Comments: 0
What's real are not the
Excerpt: What's real are not the facts, but the perceptions Perceptions circle the globe at the speed of light - headlines, photos, and "facts" as one side or the other sees them. Item: the market place, take 2 It was an...
Posted on April 2, 2003 06:17 AM Comments: 0
Meanwhile, guerilla war in Washington
Excerpt: Meanwhile, guerilla war in Washington Wherein no one gets killed but itty bitty egos of leaders, past and present, may get dented. I could enjoy this kind of stuff if real people weren't dying because of it. But, for a...
Posted on April 2, 2003 04:51 AM Comments: 0
'The chick was in
Excerpt: 'The chick was in the way" Don't read this NYT close-up account of war unless you have fully digested your supper. Again, I am not judging the soldiers. But we have to face what this war - what all...
Posted on April 1, 2003 07:53 PM Comments: 0
Shades of Macbeth and more
Excerpt: Shades of Macbeth and more Don Douglas sends along this haunting Jimmy Breslin column, just one more I wish those folks in Washington would read. Oh, I forgot - someone put it in a series of one-liners - the president...
Posted on April 1, 2003 09:03 AM Comments: 0
Oh God, where do the
Excerpt: Oh God, where do the tears end! So much I have been able to shrug off lately and read past, but these words in today's Washington Post, shouted by the officer at the checkpoint where 10 Iraqi women and children...
Posted on April 1, 2003 04:35 AM Comments: 0